Photos by Christina Emilie
The main clothing item I always invest in at this time of year is a turtle neck. Such an effortless piece which needs little or no styling. I like to have a mix of colours to work with throughout Autumn/Winter – my essentials are usually black, grey, beige and I love adding in a few brighter colours like this baby blue turtleneck from The Sweater Shop. Seriously, I don’t think it could be any more comfortable! I love the woven detail and the contrast against the grey coat.
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
Time has a funny away of making things a lot clearer. My photographer, Christina, and I moved to New York at the same time last year and we always chat about how much can happen & change in just one single year. I think the reason we both work very well together is because we are very similar in our goals & work ethics. I’ve talked about it before – but moving to New York is quite the challenge so you really do have to be a certain type of person to survive the million & one things it throws at you. When you move here, you’re a nobody and quite frankly, you’re starting from the very bottom. So your first year here is vital and involves A LOT of work. I always say that a year in New York is like 10 years somewhere else because you honestly can do & achieve so much in such a short space of time. Looking back at this time last year & comparing it to now really makes me realize that so much has changed. As the quote above describes, it is such an amazing feeling to be able to do things I once didn’t even consider as a possibility. Whether it’s working with a brand I’ve loved forever, having a job I always dreamed about or just plain & simply…living (a.k.a.surviving) in New York – it’s nice to look back and focus on just how far you’ve come instead of how far you still have to go.
I am so lucky to have such a great group of friends here in New York and it’s honestly the best feeling in the world when one of us achieves a goal we’ve been working towards. Our group has been growing for a year now (Lorna, Michaela, Lisa, Ciara, Niamh…and we’re all pretending Louise is still here, haha!) and I’m so appreciative to have a group of friends who are all on the same track. These girls have achieved SO much too – be sure to give them a follow. Yes, we have bad days here (you’ll see the real New York on our snapchats, haha!) but it’s all part of it. I just know we’ll all look back and realize that everything has a way of working out. Plus, at least we can just laugh through all the hard parts together.
Hope you’re all having a great week so far!